JOHAN WEIGEL TENOR
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My voice is best described as a lyric heldentenor with an equal mix of sweetness, sincerity and power. Due to my Scandinavian timbre, my voice reminds many listeners of Jussi Björling.
I was born in the Swedish city of Västerås and started singing in a children's choir at eight years of age. At this point I also got my first music training by playing the cello, the piano and the mandolin.
In my teens my musical interest took a turn into quite different genres like Rock, Pop and even Thrash Metal. I started singing and playing the electric guitar in different Rock bands. In my quest to improve my rock singing technique I enrolled at Dalarö Fine Arts School outside of Stockholm where, instead, I found my classical singing voice, however as a baritone. A year later I enrolled at Malmö Conservatory majoring in voice performance, hell bent on becoming an opera singer.
During my studies at Malmö Conservatory it became clear that I was a tenor and that I now had lots of relearning to do. Upon finishing my Bachelor's degree in Malmö I enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington to study with James King. At IU I also became a Max Kade fellow in the department of Germanic studies.
My first professional engagement was in 2001 at the National Theater in Weimar where I sang roles like Tamino in the Magic Flute and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor. I also made my debut at the State opera in Stuttgart as Pollione in Bellini's Norma.
The following season I moved to Vienna where I became an ensemble member at the Volksoper. Here I had the opportunity to expand my repertoire with leading roles in famous operettas like Tassilo in Gräfin Mariza and the title role in Der Zarewitsch.
Between 2003 and 2006 I was a member of the ensemble in Stuttgart where I continued singing Pollione and added roles like David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Narraboth in Salome and Cassio in Otello to my repertoire.
Directly after I left Stuttgart and embarked on my freelance career I sang Matteo to Nina Stemme's Arabella at the Opera in Gothenburg. The following year I sang the same role again in Zurich under the baton of Franz Welser-
My career has taken me to Haifa in Israel, NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Japan, Palais Garnier in Paris and many opera houses throughout Europe.